Hoodies on the Hood

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Hoodies on the Hood

Post by Greg Jensen » Sun Dec 01, 2019 9:57 pm

Jones'n for some hooded nudies but don't have the time and/or $$$ to go to God's Pocket?

Head over to Twanoh State Park and go in to the left of the docks- there are hundreds of them in the eelgrass (just 10' at high tide). Also huge numbers of white lined dironas (big too), lots of Hermissenda. And vis shallow is crystal clear.

Twanoh usually doesn't have much to recommend, but right now it's pretty dang good. And keep an eye out for my wife's weight pocket.

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Re: Hoodies on the Hood

Post by Vjw » Sun Dec 01, 2019 10:18 pm

Wow! Dove this site several years ago, and it was terrible - all rubble, sand, and 4 ‘Twinkie’ nudis. Good to know there’s more life there now and specifically, hooded nudis! :joshsmith:

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Post by stphnmartin » Mon Dec 02, 2019 9:19 am

Cool! Would that be to the left of the boat launch docks to the west? Or the dock to the east?
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Re: Hoodies on the Hood

Post by Greg Jensen » Mon Dec 02, 2019 12:12 pm

Sorry, forgot about the other dock. Go to the left of the boat launch.

The other interesting thing there yesterday were the huge numbers of small moon snails. I almost never see live juvenile moon snails, just big ones- but there were lots of golf ball sized ones cruising around.

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Post by ScubaJess » Mon Dec 02, 2019 3:55 pm

Sounds super cool!:)
Thanks for the recommendations! Cannot wait to check it out!
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Post by Scubak » Tue Dec 03, 2019 12:24 am

I am going to have to head that way ASAP!!!
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Post by Greg Jensen » Tue Dec 03, 2019 10:37 pm

Be sure to go when the tide is fairly high- they''re on the smaller, non-native eelgrass (Zostera japonica) so shallower than the usual eelgrass beds.

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Post by stphnmartin » Mon Dec 09, 2019 8:13 am

Thanks for the report Greg. As a result a few of us went and visited the Hoodies Sat & Sun. Saturday was really nice with good viz. Sunday there was a muck layer on the surface and a layer of scum. Not to mention a boater dumped about 5 gallons of gasoline at the dock. Sunday had the possibility of sun in the forecast so I was hoping to get some footage of the nudies with sunlight streaming through the water and trees in the background above. But, the viz crapped out on us. And so did the sun!

I'll post some screen grabs soon. But, I wanted to thank you for the report, otherwise this vast collection of nudies would have gone unseen by most! It was very cool to see. There were also sea angle sightings.
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Post by ScubaJess » Mon Dec 09, 2019 8:57 am

I agree with Stephen Martin! Thanks again for the tip :notworthy: , I had so much fun with all the hooded nudies & I saw the tiniest sea angel I've ever seen. :luv:
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Post by Vjw » Mon Dec 09, 2019 10:54 pm

Greg,

Thanks SO MUCH for the sharing the info! I’ve never seen so many hooded nudis!! It was a delight!!! :thankyouyellow: :joshsmith:

Was surprised how the viz could be an excellent clear 30 ft Saturday then a cloudy 10 ft the next day but guess no dive is ever the same!

Does anyone know how long they live or how long they might be there? Working on footage and hope to post some soon. We didn’t find your wife’s weight belt! :smt119

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Post by YellowEye » Tue Dec 10, 2019 7:35 am

Thanks Greg! Thanks for sharing your nice find!
I also hadn't been to that site, nice to see the sand dollars too.
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Post by Greg Jensen » Wed Dec 11, 2019 1:48 pm

So glad you were all able to go check them out! I was afraid they'd pull a disappearing act before anyone else got out there.

I haven't found any information on longevity, but (like most other nudies) it is probably quite short. I'd be very surprised if it were more than a year, and for much of that time they are too small to notice.

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Post by FlyinV » Thu Dec 12, 2019 9:46 am

Super cool pic! YellowEye!

I am heading to my cabin on Hood Canal this weekend -- Hopefully I'll be able to check this out!
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Post by Vjw » Thu Dec 12, 2019 4:19 pm

Great pic YE!!
Here’s a few screen shots I took - some macro and some WA to show how many of them there were! :joshsmith:
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Post by SashimiFencer » Thu Dec 12, 2019 8:31 pm

Wow! After reading all the posts and seeing the pics, I’m excited to head there myself this weekend! Anyone else interested in meeting up there on Sunday?

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Post by FlyinV » Fri Dec 13, 2019 9:23 pm

I went today and still plenty of them.
Straight out from boat ramp.

Nudibranches all over! Lots of different kinds.
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Post by SashimiFencer » Mon Dec 16, 2019 11:42 am

Those hooded nudies are still partying amongst the eel grass! I went Sunday-and even though it was low tide-hundreds of 'em were still hanging about. from the surface, we could even see a couple free swimming. Visibility was excellent. My ancient GoPro 3 couldn't take the cold water and died, but I did capture a few grainy videos.

Greg-Out of curiosity, what made you decide to try diving there in the first place?

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Re: Hoodies on the Hood

Post by Greg Jensen » Mon Dec 16, 2019 11:51 am

I go there when I'm looking to shoot specific things that I know are easily available there, and uncommon or absent elsewhere- like this Alaskan hermit (Pagurus ochotensis).
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Post by ScubaJess » Mon Dec 16, 2019 1:37 pm

wow! Nice green eyes!!! :-)
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Re: Hoodies on the Hood

Post by YellowEye » Mon Dec 16, 2019 8:43 pm

Those are the huge ones, huh. Moon snail shell fillers! I think I've only seen those once at Three Tree.

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Re: Hoodies on the Hood

Post by Greg Jensen » Tue Dec 17, 2019 5:56 pm

Was able to recover my wife's weight pouch while snorkeling today. :)

There are patches of a rust-colored bloom out there now, so viz can be iffy

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